UCLA In the News October 24, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

The case against colonizing space to save humanity | Vox

I took a look at the projects Beckstead has made grants to. Scientists at Rutgers University are studying the climate effects of nuclear war, hoping to create pressure towards safer nuclear policy by better understanding the devastation a war could cause. At UCLA’s School of Law, researchers are studying the international governance and cooperation implications of climate engineering…. None of these researchers will get any rocket launches or many headlines. But their work might help carry us through to the day when BlueOrigin and SpaceX — or their successors founded by our grandchildren — can take us to the stars.

Rising mortgage rates impact buying power | Forbes

Paul Habibi, a continuing lecturer of finance and real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, has these thoughts: “Major changes in the real estate market are the sum of a number of variables. If you are trying to determine the direction of the market, you can’t just look at rising interest rates. It’s hard to determine an outcome even short term based on that one variable.”

The Supreme Court stepped in to stall a climate lawsuit | Vox

Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California Los Angeles, said that the Supreme Court stepping in on a case like this strongly suggests there’s something there that piques the court’s interest. “It’s certainly a signal that the court is uncomfortable with the underlying legal theory of the Juliana case,” Carlson said.

Teaching new moms how to soothe infants might make vaccinations less stressful | Reuters Health

The babies aren’t the only ones to benefit from this kind of educational intervention, said Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, a distinguished professor of pediatrics, anesthesiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “By giving the parents these strategies to help their children, we are helping the parents mitigate their own anxieties and fears about pain exposure in their babies,” Zeltzer said.

Lesbian bars are closing all over the country. In D.C., two just opened their doors. | Washington Post

More than a quarter of bisexual women live at or below the poverty line, according to a 2013 study by the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, as do more than 1 in 5 lesbians. Nationally, the number of Americans in poverty is closer to 1 in 8, according to U.S. Census estimates.

Duchess of Sussex’s ‘geriatric pregnancy’ puts spotlight on older first-time moms | Healthline

“When you’re young and you release an egg, the egg quality is great — most probably that egg is going to take and it’s going to implant. When you get older, the egg quality gets much poorer,” Dr. Shahin Ghadir, a board-certified OB-GYN and assistant clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Keck School of Medicine at USC, told Healthline.

Immigrants on TV overrepresented as criminals and incarcerated, study finds | HuffPost

Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences at UCLA, previously told HuffPost that diverse representation in writers’ rooms can make a difference. “All the research I’ve done in recent years that looks at writers’ rooms finds, over and over again, that writers’ rooms led by people of color and/or women tend to be more diverse and tend to develop storylines and characters that are different than what you get when there’s a white male leading things in the writers’ rooms,” Hunt said then.

Stroke after heart attack: danger may persist for months | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said earlier studies have shown that after a heart attack, both men and women are at greater risk for a stroke. But, the time when the risk is greatest has not been certain, said Fonarow, who also directs the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

Researchers testing nasal spray that may shorten the common cold | Healthline

“Viruses are very difficult to treat and even harder to cure. Research into the common cold is not well-funded, and because most colds are mild, the benefit-to-risk ratio must be very high. In addition, the return on the research investment is low. People will not pay thousands of dollars for a cure for the common cold, so the price of the cure will have to be low,” Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Los Angeles, told Healthline.

Men with low-/intermediate-risk prostate cancer benefit from fewer, higher-dose radiation treatments | Medical Xpress

“This study should meet those criteria and put patients at ease when considering treatment options,” said lead author Amar U. Kishan, MD, an assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

With vaccine in hand, Ebola response teams are struggling to track those who need it | STAT

The response team in North Kivu has vaccinated a prodigious number of people — more than 20,000 so far in the province and in parts of neighboring Ituri province, where a few cases have occurred. That count rises by hundreds of people most days. “It’s extremely impressive,” Anne Rimoin, an associate professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, told STAT.

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